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The American Association of Engineering Societies defines a standard as:

"Standards provide technical definitions and guidelines for designers and manufacturers. They serve as a common language, defining quality and establishing safety criteria. In the United States, consensus standards are developed by the private sector standards organizations. These standards are used by industry and frequently adopted by government agencies as a means of satisfying regulatory requirements." (from  p. 197 Guide to information sources in engineering / Charles R. Lord, Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited, 2000)

Standards come from standards issuing agencies. Some of the acronyms for standard agencies are ISO, ANSI, IEEE, ASA, AAI, AMS, API, BSI, NEMA, NFPA, UL, and ASTM.

What standards does Roesch Library have?

In general the library does not have standards. However, search the catalog to see if we have holdings. For example, Roesch Library owns some American Welding Society standards. The major exception to this rule is the ASTM Standards.

ASTM Standards

Roesch Library has access to the ASTM Standards and Engineering Digital Library. UD students, faculty and staff may use this service to locate standards, journal articles, and conference papers in this database.

With this product, users from the University of Dayton have the right to:

(a) browse, search, retrieve, display and view

(b) download, view or print single copies of individual documents

(c) share printed copies with other users from the University of Dayton

(d) provide a hardcopy of individual documents to individual students

(d) display, download and distribute hardcopies of documents for training individual or groups of  authorized users.


Other Standards

If you are looking for other standards, you may purchase them either from a vendor or the standards issuing agency. One recommended standards vendor is IHS.


The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has an excellent source of information about patents. See their General Information Concerning Patents.

That site states that "A patent for an invention is the grant of a property right to the inventor, issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office." Also, "The right conferred by the patent grant is, in the language of the statute and of the grant itself, “the right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling” the invention in the United States or “importing” the invention into the United States. What is granted is not the right to make, use, offer for sale, sell or import, but the right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, selling or importing the invention. Once a patent is issued, the patentee must enforce the patent without aid of the USPTO. "

What patents does Roesch Library have?

The Roesch Library does not collect patents. However, the Paul Lawrence Dunbar Library at Wright State University has a Patent and Trademark Resource Center.

Is the Official Gazette online?

The Official Gazette "is the official journal of the USPTO, published weekly on Tuesday, that includes bibliographic information and a representative drawing for each patent granted or trademark published on that issue date."

Google Scholar

Patents can also be searched in Google Scholar.  

LexisNexis Academic

LexisNexis Academic also has a patent search feature. Select US Legal on the left-side navigation and choose patents.

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